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Smith & Graham Solicitors secure renewal of the Law Society's Conveyancing Quality Mark

Smith & Graham Solicitors have once again secured membership to the Law Society's Conveyancing Quality Scheme - the mark of excellence for the home buying process.

The firm underwent rigorous assessment by the Law Society in order to secure CQS status, which marks the firm out as meeting high standards in the residential conveyancing process.

Law Society President John Wotton said that the Law Society introduced CQS to promote high standards in the home buying process.

“CQS improves efficiency with common, consistent standards and service levels and enables consumers to recognise practices that provide a quality residential conveyancing service. Buying a home is one of the largest purchases anyone will make in their lifetime, so it is essential that it is done to the highest standard by a solicitor. There are many different conveyancing service providers out there, making it difficult for home buyers to identify those which can ensure a safe and efficient level of service.”

Sharon Crosby, Licensed Conveyancer and Head of Smith & Graham’s Residential Conveyancing Department says: "Smith & Graham is delighted to have secured renewal of CQS status. It is recognition of the high standards we provide to our residential property clients and is a signal to future home buyers of the excellent service level we provide at what is often a stressful time for many people. The overall beneficiaries will be clients who use Smith & Graham when buying a home. They will receive a reliable, efficient service as recognised by the CQS standard."

The scheme requires practices to undergo a strict assessment, compulsory training, self reporting, random audits and annual reviews in order to maintain CQS status. It is open only to members of the Law Society who meet the demanding standards set by the scheme and has the support of the Council of Mortgage Lenders, the Building Societies Association, Legal Ombudsman and the Association of British Insurers.

 

For a quote on buying or selling a property, or to discuss any of our residential conveyancing services, contact Sharon Crosby on 01429 271651 or email sharon.crosby@smithandgraham.co.uk

For more information on the Law Society's Conveyancing Quality Scheme visit www.lawsociety.org.uk/cqs or contact the CQS Unit on 020 7316 5550 or CQS@lawsociety.org.uk

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Smith & Graham's Christmas Charity Events

Smith & Graham held a number of fun events in the run-up to Christmas, including a hot chocolate and cookie exchange day, a Christmas meal at a local restaurant, participation in ITV’s ‘Text Santa’ Christmas Jumper event in aid of MacMillan, Make a Wish and Save The Children as well as making donations to Hartlepool Foodbank.

Office Manager Julie Bradshaw said: “I felt it very important that we, as a long-established firm in Hartlepool, give something to those in need, especially within the local community, as well as enjoying the celebrations ourselves.”

Smith & Graham is already heavily involved in supporting the local sporting community by sponsoring football, rugby, bowls, golf and cricket clubs

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For the third season in row, Smith & Graham Solicitors & Hartlepool RFC have teamed up to offer a unique scheme for their members.

Simply state that you are a Hartlepool RFC member and you will receive an immediate 10% discount on selected services provided by Smith & Graham. In addition, Smith & Graham will pay an additional 5% contribution to the Youth Development of Hartlepool Rugby Football Club.

The second part of the ongoing sponsorship sees Smith & Graham provide a new playing kit for the first team.

“Steven Horsley, Partner at Smith & Graham, said “This is a great opportunity for us to demonstrate our company’s ongoing commitment to support the local community and contribute to the economic development of Hartlepool. With Hartlepool currently top of the league in Durham & Northumberland 2 it is certainly money well spent. Good luck for the second half of the season”

As part of the sponsorship, all of the Hartlepool sides (1st XV, 2nd XV, Under 7, Under 8, Under 10, Under 12 and under 16’s side) are proud to wear the Smith and Graham logo on the team playing shirt.

“"Thanks to Smith & Graham, our first team squad are proud to wear the new playing kit, as in these difficult times sponsorship is extremely hard to come by but once again Smith & Graham have come forward to give something back to the sporting community.”

Sean Wiles, Director of Rugby

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Welcome Sharon Crosby !

We are delighted to welcome Sharon Crosby who joins our Residential Conveyancing Team in December.

Sharon is a Licensed Conveyancer with over 20 years’ experience dealing with a wide range of property matters across Hartlepool, Teesside and County Durham.

We know that her wealth of knowledge will prove invaluable to anybody who is buying a property or moving home and we wish Sharon every success in her new position.

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Hartlepool United Football Club and Smith & Graham - a winning team!

Once more, Smith & Graham Solicitors and Hartlepool United Football Club have teamed up to offer a unique scheme to all Hartlepool United fans. Simply state that you are a Hartlepool United fan and you will receive an immediate 10% discount on selected services provided by Smith & Graham.  In addition, Smith & Graham will pay an additional 5% contribution to the Youth Development of Hartlepool United Football Club.

Chief Executive Russ Green described this scheme as a “win-win for the club and all supporters”.  He went on to say that he was grateful for the continuing support of Smith & Graham which would assist the future development of young professionals at Hartlepool United and give something back to each and every supporter.

Steven Horsley, Partner at Smith & Graham, said “I am only too pleased to assist the town’s club and their fans and I wish them every success for the forthcoming season”.

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Smith & Graham proud to be associated with the success of Wynyard Golf Club

Team Wynyard, sponspored by Smith & Graham, once again enjoyed an extremely successful season in the Teesside District Golf Union.

Director of Golf, Christopher Mounter, said "this year, Team Wynyard finished second in a highly competitive league and once more we thank Smith & Graham for their continued help and support for their sponsporship of Senior and Junior golf at the Wynyard Club"

Steven Horsley, Partner at Smith & Graham, replied "we are proud to be associated with the prestigious Wynyard Club and would hope that next year Team Wynyard can go one better and regain the Teesside District Union Division One Championship, which they won in 2014".

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Smith and Graham proud to be associated with local golf clubs

Smith and Graham are pleased to announce the sponsorship of both Hartlepool and Castle Eden golf teams for the forthcoming season.

Harry Jasper, Secretary of Castle Eden Golf Club, commented “We are pleased once more to be associated with Smith and Graham for the forthcoming season and the club is proud to wear their logo on their team shirts and scorecards for the forthcoming season.

Steven Horsley, Partner at Smith and Graham, commented “We at Smith and Graham are proud to be associated with Hartlepool and Castle Eden Golf Clubs and we wish them both every success in for the forthcoming season and we would hope that the British summer is kind to all golfers”. 

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Free Family & Matrimonial Legal Clinic

Need legal advice and can't seem to find anyone who is willing to help? Do you just keep getting told that there is no legal aid? We can help!

Smith and Graham offers a legal clinic at our Hartlepool office each Wednesday between 10am - 12 noon, and each Monday at our Peterlee office between 2pm - 4pm, where you can have a free no obligation 15 minute interview with a qualified expert Solicitor who will listen and advise you on your problem. We will do our best to help, no matter what the problem.

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Lawyers make you money

Recent research conducted by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers established that the Claimant receives an average of 200% more in damages after instructing their own Lawyer than if they were unrepresented and accepted the Insurers first offer.

This information as provided by APIL Focus 2013

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Moving Home? Get a better deal at Smith and Graham Solicitors

Lynne Robinson, a Partner at Smith and Graham, is pleased to announce that "we will beat any genuine quotation". Lynne went on to say "when moving home you have a right to appoint Solicitors of your choice. Don't be tied to Solicitors nominated by your estate agent. It is likely they are paid a referral fee from your Solicitors the result of which may be an increase in the cost to you". 

If you are thinking of moving home call us first as we guarantee to beat any genuine quotation. 

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